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September General Meeting Will Focus on Green Step Cities
What steps are our cities taking to become eco-friendly? Can we pool our resources and go solar? Those questions will be the focus of the September 16th general meeting of the Roseville-Maplewood-Falcon Heights chapter of the League. The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room of the Roseville Oval, 2661 Civic Center Drive, Roseville.
Our guest speaker will be Diana McKeown, director of the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) at the Great Plains Institute. The institute, based in Minnesota, works with local communities to implement the Green Step Cities program, a voluntary statewide effort that helps participating cities implement cost-effective programs to protect the environment.
McKeown also works with communities to implement Solar Gardens programs, which transform the way we produce and use energy. She recently presented information on solar gardens to the Roseville Public Works, Environment and Transportation Commission.
Roseville recently passed a resolution to become a MInnesota Green Step City. Maplewood and Falcon Heights have been participating in the program for over three years.
For more information about energy sustainability, go to www.betterenergy.org.
Please remember to bring a food shelf donation and bring a friend. We are making an effort to increase our membership and have all members be more involved with the League.
Update on Organized Trash Collection
After McKeown's presentation, League member Georgeann Hall will provide a short update on the law guiding cities' efforts to implement organized trash collection. Organized trash collection is one suggested action for Green Step Cities. Organized trash collection has been a RoMaFH local issues position since 1985.
Early Voting and "No Excuse" Absentee Voting
There may be some confusion about early voting and "No Excuse" absentee voting in Minnesota. Some states have early voting, but Minnesota does not. However, voters can vote early through the newly revised absentee voting process.
In the past, many voters made an excuse to vote absentee even though they were not expecting to be absent from their home city on election day. Until now, Minnesota law did not allow that.
That has changed. Under current law, voters can use the absentee voting process to vote early and avoid lines at the polling places on election day.
For more information on the process, click on the following link. https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx
Absentee ballots for the general election will be available on Friday, September 19th. The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th.
If you want to vote absentee and have not registered at your current address or have never registered to vote, the deadline for registering for the general election is Tuesday, October 14th.
All of this information was obtained from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website and can be verified there.
Also, the cities of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, North St. Paul, Roseville, and Shoreview have on-site absentee voting. You may call your city hall or visit your city's website. We have links to various city hall websites on our Educate page.
League History Book Available in Print and Online
At our Annual meeting, April 30th, members were presented with the history of the League of Women Voters of Roseville, Maplewood and Falcon Heights. Members Mindy Greiling, Judy Berglund, Carolyn Cushing, Judy Rosenblatt, Jackie Hays, Mary Ann Palmer, Florence Sprague, and Gwen Willems drafted the history and interviewed veteran members.
The completed book is available on this website through a link below. There are printed copies of the book available as well.
Thanks also to Dawn Mathers, the graphic designer, Linda Owen, guest editor, and photographers Janet Hostetter and Ken Stewart for their outstanding contributions.
Click on the link below to open and save the history.
Also as part of the Memoir Project, several veteran Leagers were interviewed about their involvement with the LWV. To read these interviews, click on the link at the top of this page to go the "About Us" page and click on the various interviews.
Click on the link below to be directed to the LWVMN Action Alerts
September 6, 2014